Indoor dining can resume Jan. 11

Gov. Tim Walz is anticipated to make an announcement at 2 p.m. today on his YouTube channel, but has announced that indoor dining may resume at 50 percent capacity starting Monday, Jan. 11.

“The situation in Minnesota is undeniably better than it was last month,” Governor Walz said.

“We have reasons to be optimistic, and Minnesotans’ sacrifice and commitment to their communities helped change the pandemic’s trajectory and saved lives. But we need to protect the progress we’ve made.”

Indoor dining is limited to parties of six or fewer, with parties separated by at least six feet; bar seating is open to parties of two; reservations are required, and establishments must close dine-in service by 10 p.m.

Fitness classes may also increase to 25 people, with distancing observed and face coverings required.

Indoor events and entertainment, such as bowling alleys, movie theaters and museums, may open at 25 percent and face coverings are required.

Wedding receptions and other private parties may resume with limits. If food and drink are served at the event, then they are limited to two households or 10 people indoors and 3 households or 15 people outdoors. If there is no food or drink, they are covered by event venue guidelines.

 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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